On Dec 10, 2015 allAfrica reported: One year ago, in Cameroon, I was the victim of persecution and torture on the basis of my sexual orientation and eventually I fled my home country and sought asylum in the USA.
Life as a gay man had become increasingly difficult. Although we don’t actually get chased by the Cameroonian government itself, we are at the mercy of anybody and don’t get protected when harassed.
I had been bashed up previously, but my claim to seek justice was turned back on me, with my life being scrutinised – and much was made of the fact that I was a bachelor and that I frequently hosted a European guy. There is actually no way to defend yourself when the law calls you a criminal. And it’s made worse when you can be arrested and jailed on allegations with no real tangible evidence.
Then three weeks prior to my decision to leave Cameroon, I was arrested. Even though I managed to get out of custody with the help of relatives and friends, I didn’t feel secure anymore and it was in common agreement with loved ones that I flew out of the country. Continued…